First Class 91 withdrawn to become spares donor

LNER Class 91 No. 91108 became the first of the 31-strong class to be taken out of service on July 22.

Withdrawal of Class 91s was anticipated following the introduction of the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ trains on LNER services, and is in line with LNER’s plans to hand locos back to the leasing company. 

LNER Class 91 No. 91108 catches the final rays of the sun on July 22 as it propels the 16.30 Edinburgh-London King’s Cross past Sandy, Bedfordshire. This working was meant to have been its last passenger train, but the loco was back in traffic less than a week later.  FRASER PITHIE

The operator made no secret of the withdrawal, and used social media to advise its intention and publish the loco’s final diagram for the day, which was the 05.40 Edinburgh-King’s Cross (Up ‘Flying Scotsman’), 11.00 King’s Cross-Edinburgh and 16.30 Edinburgh-King’s Cross

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